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Oct. 13, 2023

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MILK: Michigan still leads the nation in milk produced per cow. Credit goes to good nutrition, comfortable surroundings and the environment, experts say. Counties with the most dairy cows include Allegan, Ottawa, Lenawee, Clinton and Ionia. We talk to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and an MSU animal science professor. By Kelsey Lester. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, HOLLAND, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, MONROE, LANSING CITY PULSE, IONIA AND ALL POINTS.

w/MILK TABLE: The 10 Michigan counties with the most dairy cows. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

w/MILK PHOTO 1: Good nutrition is credited with making Michigan a leader in milk production per cow. Credit: Department of Natural Resources, Dave Kenyon 

w/MILK PHOTO 2: Michigan ranks No. 1 for milk produced per cow. Here, cows line up to be milked. Credit: Department of Natural Resources, Dave Kenyon.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: There’s a slight uptick in student enrollments in teacher preparation programs this fall, and that’s good news in a state with a shortage of teachers. The MEA says major factors in the shortage are low pay, public lack of confidence in the schools and growing job pressures on the teachers who remain. Some districts struggle more than others, including Pontiac and Waterford. Recent legislation providing $10,000 scholarships to education students and allowing retired teachers to return without reducing their pensions may also help. By Brandy Muz. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.


WATER LEAKS: The Great Lakes Water Authority and an Israeli company are using technology developed to find water on Mars to detect costly leaks in public water systems. The authority provides water to parts or all of Wayne, Monroe, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Genesee, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties. Detroit, Livonia, Pontiac, Redford Township and Walled Lake are participating in the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) project. By Vladislava Sukjanovskaya. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, MONROE AND ALL POINTS.

w/WATER LEAKS MAP: Map of an area scanned by SAR technology. Credit: Asterra.

PROMISE ZONES: Students in 13 Promise Zones may be able to receive more financial aid to assist with on-campus housing and meal plan costs at public colleges and community colleges under pending legislation sponsored by a Keego Harbor senator. Cosponsors include senators from Lansing, Trenton, Bay City and Warren. Current zones include Detroit, Baldwin, Hazel Park, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Mason and Newaygo counties. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is soliciting applicants for two more communities to create Promise Zones. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, MIDLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, WKTV, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, BIG RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.

w/PROMISE ZONES TABLE. These 13 areas of the state have Promise Zones. Source: Michigan Promise Zones Association.

WALK A MILE: A Corrections Department initiative, Walk a Mile Mentoring Program, is matching parolees with mentors in their own communities. The goal is to reduce recidivism and increase the prospects for successfully completing parole. The program now operates in Monroe and Muskegan counties and will soon expand into Oakland and Kent counties. By Stephanie Ruahe. FOR MONROE, WKTV, GREENVILLE, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/WALK A MILE LOGO: Credit: Department of Corrections.

EARLY VOTING INCENTIVES: A $30 million infusion of state funds to implement early voting and absentee ballot rights will help county and municipal clerks, but they say it’s not enough to cover all their added expenses. We talk to clerks in Clare, Ottawa and Macomb counties and an East Lansing lawmaker. By Liz Nass. FOR CLARE, HOLLAND, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

BIRD & THE BLUES: The Great Lakes region’s more than 300 bird species may provide valuable mental health benefits, according to a new study based on data from the popular birding app eBird. It found fewer mental health-related hospitalizations in Michigan areas with high bird diversity. Coastal communities like Holland and Tawas City tend to have more species reported, while inland communities like Grand Rapids and Roscommon have fewer. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR HOLLAND, WKTV, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONROE, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/BIRDS & THE BLUES ROBIN: The American robin, Michigan’s state bird, could be part of a legion of mental health therapists and has been logged over 19 million times on the birdwatching app eBird. Credit: Department of Natural Resources.

SQUASH THE INVADERS: Experts are encouraging the public to squash the invasive spotted lanternfly as the destructive insect rapidly spreads throughout the region. It was first found last year in Pontiac. The state’s invasive species program launched a “See it. Squish it. Report it.” campaign advocating not only killing the pest, but also reporting the deed. It includes public-service videos, social media and billboards along freeways. The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. By Shealyn Paulis. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/SQUASH THE INVADERS GRAPHIC: Here is how to identify a spotted lanternfly in all developmental stages. Image: Department of Agriculture & Rural Development


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